It’s now easier for Tenterfield residents to dispose of recycling items with the official opening of the Community Recycling Centre at the Sunnyside Waste Transfer Station on Monday, January 29.
It’s free to dispose of paints, batteries, gas bottles, chemicals, fluorescent tubes, oils, ‘e-waste’ (anything electronic from computers to vacuous cleaners) and all those other items that shouldn’t be thrown in the general rubbish, with each having its own allocated space at the new facility.
MP Thomas George MP was on hand to celebrate the opening along with Tenterfield Shire councillors and staff, following council receiving a $175,784 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill and help reduce illegal dumping,” Mr George said.
“We want to encourage communities to recycle problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.
“The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”
Mayor Peter Petty said the Tenterfield community has embraced recycling.
“Figures show a 25 per cent reduction in waste to landfill overall. In 2017, the Tenterfield Waste Transfer Station received 2550 tonnes of waste which equates to 382 kg per person. Recycled waste received was 598 tonnes or 90 kg per person.
“It is anticipated that the new Recycling Centre will improve these figures as the community becomes more diligent and educated in it’s recycling habits.
“The closure of landfills and establishment of Transfer Stations at Liston, Legume and Urbenville has also been of great benefit to our community. The Drake Transfer Station has been operating very successfully for a number of years and it is anticipated that in the future, recycling facilities will also be available at Torrington and Mingoola.”
Mr George said Tenterfield’s new Community Recycling Centre was part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.
“The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste and has dedicated $127 million to establish new systems, such as the community recycling centre network under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative.”
Waste Less, Recycle More is a NSW Government initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.
The CRC accepts the following problem wastes for free:
- water-based and oil-based paints
- used motor oils and other oils
- lead-acid and hand-held batteries
- gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
- conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
- smoke detectors
- e-waste and mobile phones
- Needle sharps
Watch Waste Transfer Station manager Linda Plowman gives us a tour of the facility...